About

Lucy Loves Travel is to travel what the slow movement is to food. All of my trips are carried out with a balance between activities which create a connection between you and the places you are visiting and time for you to enjoy on your own. Holidays are about escaping from, not mimicking, your every day.

I specialise in organising trips to France, Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK, but can also set up trips in Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and Austria, Turkey, Croatia, Morocco and India. The emphasis on any trip is upon moments, not just monuments.

There will be no such thing as a typical guided tour. Visits to places will always involve an element of participation by you, such as tasting your way through a place via its local specialities. To paraphrase Italo Calvino, you need to eat a country, swallowing it whole, in order to get to know it.

For an amuse bouche of what a trip with Lucy Loves Travel might look like, please click on Destinations or contact me at lucy@lucylovestravel.com, as I tailor each and every trip to perfectly fit each client.

My background

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If curiosity killed the cat, I must be on at least my ninth life. My curiosity about people and the world is actually of greater importance than my childhood experiences about living in Milan and visiting grandparents who lived near Paris. Curiosity is the lifeblood of travel. As a child I devoured books, losing myself  in worlds far removed from my own and this wanderlust has remained to this day.

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My first and most enduring love is Italy. It is hard not to have ‘O mio caro bambino‘ playing in my head, as it did in ‘A Room with a View’, when I think of my time spent living in Italy; lazy days drinking cappuccino in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, and evenings spent feasting on bowls of pasta with tomatoes which made the English equivalent seem like an entirely different vegetable. My dolce vita life continued in Rome, where I was lucky enough to live in the beautiful Trastevere, Monteverde and Testaccio neighbourhoods whilst working as a Lloyd’s broker and events manager. I learned that my Tuscan and Northern Italian would not suffice in a city where abbreviation is the lingua franca. Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Siena are some of the places I have called home, and now I live in Barcelona, a city which similarly captivated me upon my first visit here twelve years ago. It is a vibrant, beautiful and cosmopolitan city to which my groups want to return time and time again.

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I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s in Education and from the University of Manchester with a degree in History and Italian. Spanish, Italian and French have been a passport to living in those countries. I enjoyed passing on my love of languages when I worked as a teacher. As a former teacher of history, I also relish the chance to share this knowledge with groups, with the world as my classroom. Current affairs have always been a passion of mine and I greatly enjoyed teaching English to Italian politicians when I lived in Rome.

Travelling is about smelling the croissants in Paris, feeling the sun on your face in Barcelona, tasting the food in Italy, listening to the Tower of Babel that is Europe, sitting and people watching in the piazzas. A trip with Lucy Loves Travel focuses as much on the food, experiences and people as it does on the buildings. My trips seek to replicate that magical moment when you find a book that you simply can’t put down and never want to end.

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